Richard Taylor #3

The tape features raw footage from a pilot for the television show "Wired In." While the program never actually came to fruition, the footage and demos put together are an interesting look into the the technological trends and innovations of the 1980s. In this video, Richard Taylor of Information International Inc. continues to talk about the recent technological innovations in the computer graphics and gaming industry. Taylor also shows the videomakers a demo of the "Adam Powers" graphic.

00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with color bars and tone. Taylor can be heard conversing with the filmmakers.

00:47Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Taylor.

01:00Copy video clip URL One of the filmmakers asks Taylor to address the intimidating aspects of new technology. Taylor first begins to talk about how consumers overcome their technological fears by simply learning how to work with the equipment. HE then talks about the evolutionary aspects of new technologies. “It’s a way of making things easier to do. It’s a way of being able to express yourself more easily. Those technologies are here to improve our life. I know that there’s, a lot of people who think that technology maybe be unnatural in some context. I basically think that you know this digital watch on my arm is as evolutionary natural as you know, an organic plant. You know, when consciousness evolves into organic matter then eventually the result of that  into organic matter that eventually the result of that is that we make cars and we make watches and we don’t know you know, where that’ll be 200 years from now, but this watch is just as natural as a tree.”

03:14Copy video clip URL The filmmaker asks Taylor about the technological generation gap in society. Taylor briefly talks about his children growing up with new technology and media. Taylor states that there will always be a generation gap when it comes to technology. He then goes on to talk about his special effects work in the field of commercial making and for the feature film “Looker.” He also briefly talks about the creation of “Adam Powers.” This lasts for several minutes.

09:12Copy video clip URL The filmmaker asks Taylor of the candy apple glow process that he developed while at Robert Abel and Associates in the mid to late seventies. Taylor briefly explains the process and how it has become a staple in the filmmaking industry. He states that the process has become a bit cliche and overused.

11:32Copy video clip URL The filmmaker asks Taylor about his work history. Taylor lists off his previous work and school experience and how he ended up at Information International Inc. He also talks about some of his work with split scan film techniques at Robert Abel and Associates. This lasts for several minutes.

15:07Copy video clip URL One of the filmmakers asks Taylor when computer simulation equipment will be available for everyone to use. Taylor believes that it is not very far off. “Within the next five to ten years people will be able to create you know, visual images on their own home systems that are unique to things that they would like to see you know–be able to design things of their own imagination you know, in their homes…It’s close at hand. It isn’t that far away.” This lasts for several minutes.

17:27Copy video clip URL Taylor goes through several takes in playing the “Adam Powers” demo. This lasts for the remainder of the tape.

19:54Copy video clip URL Tape ends.

 

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